Welcome back to the blog! After an unintended summer hiatus, I hope to get back to a mix of pose pointers, reflections and general yoga-nerd-ness.
First, a question for the yoga hive-mind: how should we, as teachers, teach on 9/11 this year? (In case you’re living under a rock, Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the beginning of what can safely be called a national nightmare, thousands dead, two wars and two recessions later) Obviously, you do- I can’t think of a better way to work with an event like this than on my mat, with my “yoga tribe”. But I’ve been thinking about it a lot this week about the nitty-gritty- I have my usual battery of classes on Sunday, and am torn about what to say/play/teach. I feel like to ignore it feels dishonest, but I’m not sure that to make it the at center of the practice is appropriate.
There are certainly 9/11 yoga events. In Boston, there will be a benefit “karma yoga day”, featuring many prominent local teachers (FB info here). A few blocks from ground zero, Kula mainstay and friend Kevin Courtney is leading a special class, starting with a silent meditation and moving into asana. And I’m sure there are many I’m missing.
But for those of us for whom Sunday yoga is a mainstay, even “yoga church”, what do you want? Teachers, how are you going to walk that line? Students, what do you want from your teachers on 9/11?